I’ve just returned from dressing the living room of a lovely home in Plimmerton. My Clients asked me to re-cover their sofa and chairs and add finishing touches with cushions to balance the scheme. With views directly to Mana Island and beyond that the South Island, I couldn’t help but be influenced by the seaside location. The curtains and rug informed the palette and we took it from there…
I’ve just returned from setting up the WLG Pop Up Restaurant in Melbourne for Positively Wellington Tourism. What a wonderful project to be part of! We had a very quick turn around time – about 3 weeks to design, secure and ship and 4 days to execute – but I’m very happy with the results. The brief was to showcase Marlborough, Wellington, Martinborough and the Hawkes Bay regions so the interior is a combination of Cuba Street cool and the raw beauty of the wine regions. More photos to be posted in my portfolio pages but here are some tasters and a link to the press release.
A few years ago I was asked to take on a small independent job for a very busy journalist in Chelsea. His kitchen badly needed a lift. It was dark, tired and it no longer worked well for him. I think he’d just about given up using it save for making the odd coffee, and he spent most of his time in cafes and restaurants. My Client had already committed to replacing his Marimekko blind with like for like so I worked the kitchen colours around this vibrant fabric. The aim was to bring the kitchen up to date and inject colour and light without spending an absolute fortune.
We replaced the cupboard doors, wall tiles and the floor. We painted the walls and the old pine ceiling and I helped the owner source new appliances (already on his agenda), and bar stools for the servery. Sometimes you don’t need to rip everything out to dramatically transform your environment.
My Clients purchased a brand new home that had been finished to a very high standard. However as is often the case with new builds, the interiors were very neutral and the windows were ‘naked’. I was asked to focus solely on the window treatments and inject colour through these.The paint colours are the same throughout the house and of course this influenced the fabrics chosen, so it’s interesting to see how each room reacts to its new window treatment.
The lounge fabric is called ‘Pod’, it’s quite contemporary but I know that they won’t get bored with it. The palette of navy, aqua and beige introduces colour subtly without overpowering the space. Because there is more than one colour there is plenty of scope to add accessories, art and soft furnishings to further the arrangement in due course.
This is their 5 year old son’s bedroom. The striped fabric was chosen to grow with him. It will be as suitable when he is 18 as it is now… when dinosaurs are replaced by Ducatis.
The 3 year old’s fabric is lots of fun – in fact it is called ‘What A Hoot’. There are so many pretty colours here that it will sit well with any toys and bed linen.
The Master Bedroom needed to be soft, comfortable and slightly feminine without becoming a ‘no man zone’. I wanted to draw the eye away from the sharp angles of the architecture and this curtain treatment and pretty fabric does just that. I added Continental cushions to the bed in a complementary fabric to throw colour back to that side of the room.
It occurred to me that it would be helpful to show what the Edgewater house looked like before I got my hands on it to quantify the extent of work done there.
My Clients purchased a fabulous architecturally designed house, however they felt that it lacked warmth and the furniture that suited their previous home just wasn’t quite right. They wanted a calm, welcoming environment, a family friendly space for their children to play in with a mature aesthetic to complement their passion for entertaining. Her taste leans toward country comfortable and he appreciates a more streamlined aesthetic. My task was to merge the two to create a flexible and warm interior that would stand the test of time.